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Govanstowne Farmers’ Market returns for second season June 6

| By Nick Alexopulos

Once again answering the call of neighbors who expressed a need for access to fresh, healthy food, Loyola University Maryland and the York Road Partnership will host the second annual Govanstowne Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. between June 6 and Aug. 8, 2012. The market will be located in the parking lot of Loyola’s Transportation and Public Safety complex at 5104 York Rd.

The market will feature high-quality baked goods, dairy products, meat, eggs, produce, and more from an expanded list of Baltimore-area vendors that includes the Ferguson Family Farm, Jack and Zach Food, and Dangerously Delicious Pies. Cash, credit and debit cards ($5 increments), EBT/Independence Cards ($1 increments), WIC, SFMNP, and FVC benefits will all be accepted as payment. In addition to foods for sale, guests will be able to pick up recipe cards that use ingredients found at the market. There will also be a featured vendor each week and a special event on the first Wednesday of each month.

Loyola students, faculty, and staff worked with Govans community members to create and organize the farmers’ market as a project of Loyola’s York Road Initiative, a collaborative effort to develop a plan to improve the quality of life for people living, working, and learning in the area. During “Loyola is Listening,” members of the community identified the creation of a farmers’ market as a number-one priority and an opportunity to partner with Loyola. Those same residents also recognized the need for a major grocery store in Govans, and the farmers’ market will have the added benefit of generating data that may be used to recruit a grocery store to the area.

More information about this year’s farmers’ market is available on the Govanstowne Farmers’ Market website. Questions from customers, vendors, and prospective vendors should be directed to Jonathan Hourcade, 410-617-5039, jhourcade@loyola.edu.

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